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There are probably lots of reasons Denmark regularly comes in at the top of measurements of national happiness. We could point at a cradle to grave social safety net, one of the best education systems on the planet, a culture that values equality and social justice, has one of lowest disparity levels anywhere and, of course, all that fabulous design… most annoying of all, they’re not even smug about it! (Well, maybe just a little)

Or it could just be hygge.

Hygge is a simple concept that is hard to explain. Fundamentally, it’s all about hearth, home, friends, loved ones and finding happiness in the small, simple acts of daily life. Think of those little moments of blissful contentment that sneak up unbidden. That perfect first sip from your favourite teacup. Your fuzzy slippers. The crunch of toast.living room with fireplace

Or look around at your friends and family gathered for a meal. People you like and love all together around the table, suffused with the gentle glow of happiness. Hygge is a state of mind, deliberately cultivated in a difficult and challenging world.

A significant part of the concept revolves around the creation of a physical space that is hygglig. Think cosy, comfortable, warm and candlelit. A mug of glogg in front of the fire after a day of cross country skiing; (not a lot of mountains in Denmark) resting in a room that feels safe and secure, with you and yours snuggled under an afghan while the wind howls outside.

candle-895206_1280Hygge is also about cultivating a bit of amnesia about the trials and tribulations of the world. It might be a bit of a coping mechanism, an anodyne for the hectic day.

To be hygglig means to put aside the seriousness of life, sing a song, cultivate a little low key bliss and enjoy the moment. We all know the big bad world is out there, we’re just taking a time out!

The Danes and Norwegians aren’t the only ones who get the concept, though, they just appear to work harder at it! The Dutch have their “Geselligheid” the Germans speak of “Gemütlichkeit“… They all translate into “coziness” in English, but in these Northern European cultures the concept is somehow bigger. Perhaps cozy mindfulness?

Deutsch: Gemütlichkeit, Gastlichkeit und Frohsinn

Deutsch: Gemütlichkeit, Gastlichkeit und Frohsinn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regardless of how we try to translate it, if there ever was a time to introduce a little hygge into our lives, this is it!



Our Story

The Ladybug Boutique started out as Scandinavian Weaving in Market Square on Johnson Street in downtown Victoria thirty years ago when a nice Swedish lady named Victoria opened a small shop to sell her weaving.


About a year later an equally nice Danish lady named Birgitte joined her and a great partnership was born! Over the years the ladies expanded into candles, giftware and Scandinavian specialties from Christmas Nisser to craft-paper, flags, mugs, Danish glass, cookbooks and traditional Norse jewelry

winter giftware display

With the move fifteen years ago to Mattick’s Farm in Cordova Bay the name changed to “The Ladybug Boutique” in honour of Victoria’s lifetime fondness for lucky ladybugs.

After three years of operation in Vancouver as well, the two decided that retirement might be worth contemplating, so on the day of the twentieth anniversary the store officially passed into the safe hands of Michael and his sister, Ilse.

Michael and Ilse have kept up the traditions of the store, but have also added new flavours to the mix over their ten years. The addition of more handmade products from local artisans as well as selected collectables have kept the store different and interesting. Victoria and Birgitte follow the evolution with interest and Victoria is still happily pitching in at Christmas.


The familiar faces of long time staff members Leslie, Mary, Betty, along with the addition of Judy, continue to ensure that customers are welcomed to “The Ladybug” with enthusiasm and good cheer.

napkin display

As we always say: “If you can’t find the perfect gift, at the right price, in this store, you’re not looking hard enough!”

Colour Guide

The colour chart below shows our line of taper candles.

Please note that we do not carry every colour offered. Some are too similar in colour to one another, in our opinion. Something we have happily pointed out to the maker! Also, we do not always have every size in every colour in stock. Inquire via email.

Important!  We remind our customers that, as color reproduction varies from monitor to monitor some variation of shade is likely. We recommend some flexibility on precise shade.

If a close colour match is required, we would suggest ordering a sample first.


R11_01 R12_03 R13_05 R24_10
R25_11 R31_14 R26_15 R66_22
R71_28 R74_31
R81_38 R22_41 R23_47
R44_48 R16_51 R15_53 R45_60
 R46_65  R52_69  R55_71  R61_77
R54_79 R35_81 R33_82
 R42_92  R41_96



… to the Ladybug Boutique at Mattick’s Farm in beautiful Cordova Bay, BC.

Halfway between Swartz Bay ferry terminal and downtown Victoria, this pretty little enclave of shops, nestled next to the award winning Cordova Bay Golf Course, is home to the kind of specialty businesses that give a community it’s unique flavour.

signThe Ladybug, as it’s fondly known, has been the number one source of high quality smokeless, dripless and scentless candles on Vancouver Island for over 30 years. Highest quality paraffin tapers and pillars and well as “Stearin” (organically sourced, sustainable palm oil) tapers and pillars from Denmark 🇩🇰 are complimented by choice Canadian makers of organic beeswax and specialty candles.


It is at Christmas that the store’s Scandinavian roots really show. The little red hatted elves (Nisser, Tomter, Heinzelmännchen or Wichtel, depending on your background) fill every nook and cranny!  elvesAdvent Calendars, Swedish Angel Chimes and a multitude of decorations appear to turn the store into the epitome of a Northern European Christmas. If this store doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit, nothing will!  elves




A little bit of Christmas hides in the back   of the store year round, so if you’re in Victoria midsummer and want to stock up on some Christmas bits, you’ll find them.



The Scandinavian theme continues with hand blown hanging and sitting birds from Denmark, Ekelund table linens from Sweden and an ever changing selection of silver and bronze Norse museum jewelry.glass birds

Local artisans also shine. Pottery, hanging glass ornaments from well known artist Mark Bateman, fun jewelry, beautiful handmade scarves and placemats from local weavers, as well as a great selection of cards, mugs and placemats from wildlife photographer Stuart Clarke are just a sample of what awaits exploration!stuart clarke mugs







glass ware


valentine's setting


The Candle Store With So Much More” is just one of the great shops at Mattick’s Farm. Stop in and discover another of Victoria’s hidden gems.